Has it just dawned on you that if you take Friday and Monday off from work, you could have a full 6-day holiday starting tomorrow? Not to worry, LUXE City Guides is here with a little last minute travel inspiration that will have you jetting off into the sunset in just a few hours. Grab your travel tote, ray bans and most glamorous sun hat and take your pick from three dazzling destinations, along with the LUXE editor’s top picks for hotels, restos and shops to make sure your weekend sizzles. Leave your overflowing inbox and endless to do lists behind and make the most of the extra long weekend. . .it’s time to get up and go!
Once the ‘Land of the Morning Calm’, the Korean capital is now anything but – it’s lights, camera, action every second in this high-speed, hyper-connected city. Virtual life aside, there are plenty of fabulous treats tucked amidst the traditional hanoks and glitzy skyscrapers, and we’ll tell you where to look.
The Shilla Seoul – Five-Star Stunner
As befits this Samsung scion, the entire hotel is wired to the nines – the conservative fit-out comes with lightning-fast WiFi and use of a mobile throughout your stay. Also home to showy Palsun for Chinese, The Parkview for laudable buffet lunch, and the simply divine Guerlain Spa.
Jangchung-Dong / +82 2 2233 3131 / www.shilla.net
Eat + Drink
Elbon The Table – Molecular Fusion
Korea’s own Wylie Dufresne, chef Choi dreams up molecular, Ko-Euro fusion fare like you’ve never fathomed – foie gras with gochujang ice cream? Yes please, and gamsa hamnida!
729-45 Hannam-dong / +82 2 790 0700 / lunch & dinner daily / + branches / www.elbonthetable.com
Manmade WooYoungMi – Fashion Forward
This sceney, five-storey glass box is a design-led lifestyle showroom that’s home to not only avant-garde men’s and women’s apparel, but also an exhibition space for upcoming artists and a cute caff to boot.
648-1 Sinsa-dong / +82 2 515 8897 / www.wooyoungmi.com
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the brand-spanking new LUXE Kuala Lumpur guide! She may be Southeast Asia’s youngest capital, but the Garden City of Lights boasts a fabulously mixed heritage that means you’re in for a riot of culture, colour, fashion, and art, not to mention delicious cuisine from high-end to low.
Villa Samadhi – Tropical Temptress
Hello, gorgeous! This 21-room, thatched villa retreat just minutes from the city is a feast of sensual décor, with a lush lagoon pool, Malay fine diner and Bumbung bar.
8 Jalan Madge / +60 3 2143 2300 / www.villasamadhi.com.my
Eat + Drink
Bijan – Traditional Malay
Lowlit, commodious charmer with a semi-outdoor deck serving up flavour-packed plates of duck rendang and opor rusuk (beef ribs in aromatic gravy), with big sharing portions, good wine list and cocktails. Book well ahead.
3 Jalan Ceylon / +60 3 2031 3575 / dinner only / www.bijanrestaurant.com
Farah Khan – Flirty Femme
Not to be confused with the Bollywood queen of the same name, local designer and A-lister fave Farah creates frocks with embellished fabrics, slinky silhouettes and on-trend hues – a savvy stylista must.
G/F / Suria KLCC / Jalan Ampang / +60 3 2382 0314 / www.farahkhan.com
In only fifty years this little Muslim pearl-fishing village wedged between the Arabian Gulf and the desert has transformed itself into a ritzy, mega-rich R&R stop of sun, sand, shopping and spa. And what it doesn’t have, it’s building… What are you waiting for?
Vida Downtown – Boutique Babe
This contemporary cocoon in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa provides welcome respite from the Dubai heat and bustle, with calming suites and walk-in rain showers, French/Italian fash magnet bistro La Serre, terraced Stage 2 bar and slick service.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd / +971 4 428 6888 / www.vida-hotels.com
Eat + Drink
Qbara – Glam Arabic
Modern Arabic opulence abounds at this dim-lit, sultry golden siren, where exquisite morsels from the Levant, Middle East, and Morocco star on the plate.
Wafi Fort Complex / near Raffles Dubai / +971 4 709 2500 / dinner daily / www.qbara.ae
DAS Collection – Cover Up
Stylish sisters Reem and Hind glam up the traditional ‘abaya’ (cloak dress) with vibrant colours and bold patterns – the local fashionista go-to.
Villa 16 / Umm Al Shief Rd / Jumeirah / +971 4 395 2427 / www.dascollection.com
Packed from concertina cover to cover with snazz, snark and snap, LUXE City Guides’ super-svelte format and whip-smart reviews mean you can spend more time enjoying your trip, not buried in a book. If it’s in LUXE, it’s IN. Grab a guide today via www.luxecityguides.com
Whether you stay close to home or make a great escape, we wish you an amazing long weekend filled with memorable adventures!
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